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Challenges to Scale & Sale

GJE recently co-hosted a roundtable event along with Nicola Broadhurst from Stevens & Bolton and Martin Jones from UHY Hacker Young to discuss issues affecting the UK’s hospitality sector. Kate Nicholls, CEO at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), chaired the roundtable and kicked off the conversation by discussing...

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Giving Sustainable Innovation the Green Light

With the return of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ highlighting the damaging effects of environmental changes on our oceans’ inhabitants, the continued need for sustainable development and environmentally-friendly innovation is once again at the forefront of public debate. Green Technology Governments and companies all over the world are both promoting and...

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Dispelling the myth that you can’t patent big data projects

Big data as a term is a broad church that encompasses a range of innovation. The technology itself has evolved dramatically from the relational databases of the 70s, through to modern processing techniques for unstructured and structured data. Today,’big data’ is often used synonymously with data analytics and data science,...

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Patent Eligibility tests at the UK IPO – before or after inventive step?

The UK IPO and EPO each take a different approach to patentability of computer implemented inventions. One of the most contentious issues in this area and one which is significantly affecting efforts to harmonise tests globally (see the recent paper from the AIPPI study group on CII) is consideration of...

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Success for Areva NP demonstrates strategic power of appeals

Earlier this year the EPO Boards of Appeal decided (in case T0625/11) to overturn a decision from the Examining Division and allow a European patent application for an invention relating to software. The patent application was filed by Areva NP, a French company involved in the design and supply of...

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